One frigid Philadelphia morning, Mr. Poe receives an odd parcel. It’s the third such strange box from an unknown sender. Poe calls upon his friend, and ornithologist Father Keane to help him decipher the meaning of the taxidermied birds, feathers, moss and plants. The clues seem to suggest a sort of warning and very quickly their sender is revealed.
The most famous American writer and poet in the Gothic genre is Edgar Allan Poe. Check out this short video — with very cool animations — about Poe and his literary contributions.
Essentially penniless, Edgar was buried in an unmarked grave near his grandfather, David Poe, Sr. in the Westminster Hall and Burying Ground in Baltimore. He was placed in a simple coffin under that marker on October 9, 1849.
Early American cemeteries with grinning skull tombstones. Wood beam buildings with low ceilings. Early winter nights buffeted against gaping brick hearths. Old maple trees that creak in the wind.
April is National Poetry Month and this week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday is open, so I thought I would share lines from some of my favorite poets.